Taste of Ireland: Irish Food Trail Tour (Self Drive)
8 Days Pre-booked Self Drive Tour (excluding rental car) suggested tour itinerary from Dublin

Features and Inclusions

  • 7 nights sharing a double/twin room at specified properties (pre-booked accommodation)

  • Heritage Island Touring Guide

  • Service charges and taxes existing rates

  • Note: This is a suggested tour itinerary no sightseeing is included. Price does not include Rental Car. Check in to hotel/bed and breakfast accommodation no later than 6pm. Prices are subject to change. 

Accommodation (or similar)


Sandymount hotel or similar (F)


Acton's Hotel or similar (SF)


Ballyknocken Houston or similar (SF)


Departures and Prices 2015

Starting from February 1 - March 31, 2015


November 1 - November 30, 2015

7 night package excluding rental car

Per Person In Twin

$ 738.00

Single Supplement 

$ 450.00


Starting from April 1 - October 31, 2015

7 night package excluding rental car

Per Person In Twin

$ 798.00

Single Supplement 

$ 570.00





Day 1: Dublin Arrival
Welcome to Dublin. After you pick up your car, transfer to your city center hotel. In the afternoon you can explore this capital city with its many historic buildings, Georgian streets and colorful gardens. Take the opportunity to visit some of its many attractions such as the Christchurch Cathedral. You can also visit Trinity College Dublin where the visitor facilities include the Treasury which houses the Book of Kells. This evening why not enjoy dinner in one of Dublin’s many restaurants? Overnight: Dublin area.

Day 2: Dublin & Meath
This tour takes you through Dublin’s city centre and out across the North City where you can enjoy the magnificent views of Dublin Bay to the 14th century Castle at Malahide, set in magnificent gardens. Continue to the award winning village of Malahide. Leave Malahide and head northward towards the River Boyne, which flows through the counties of Meath and Louth and has long been a pivotal setting in Irish history. Follow the flow of the river between Slane and Drogheda. The banks are lined with landmarks from almost every phase of Ireland’s past - from the prehistoric passage tombs at Newgrange, to the legendary Hill of Tara, seat of the Irish High Kings as well as monuments from the early days of Christianity. A visit to the Hill of Tara and Bru na Boinne including a visit to either Newgrange or Knowth burial passages, which were built between 3,500BC and 2,700BC and were used as a tomb in which Stone Age men buried their dead, is strongly recommended. Overnight: Dublin area.

Day 3: Tipperary & Cork
This morning, travel south from Dublin City to Cork. Visit the Rock of Cashel, in the heart of Tipperary. This site has the best set of varied monuments in any Irish site. The rock is crowned by a group of buildings, both ecclesiastical and royal, including a round tower, a 13th century Romanesque chapel and the beautifully restored Hall of the Vicar Choral. Continue through the Golden Vale region of Ireland, famous for its butter, cheeses
and other dairy products and onto the picturesque fishing town of Kinsale, known as the “Gourmet Capital of Ireland”. This evening why not enjoy dinner in one of Kinsale’s many restaurants. Overnight: Cork area.

Day 4: Cork
This morning, take some time to explore Kinsale –make a few visits including Desmond Castle and the Wine Museum. Built as a custom house by the Earl of Desmond in circa 1500, Desmond Castle has had a colorful history. Before completing your tour of Kinsale, a visit to Charles Fort just outside the town is a must.
Constructed in the late 17th Century, Charles Fort is a classic example of a star-shaped fort. In the afternoon, travel to Cork City, where much of the medieval core of the city is still intact today and the colorful and dramatic past is reflected in its streets, architecture and
port. Visit St Ann’s Shandon, which was erected in 1722 and is one of the city’s best known landmarks and features the famous Shandon Bells which visitors may ring. Continue on to the Cork Butter Museum which dominated the world butter trade in the 18th and 19th centuries and the museum explores the development of the exchange and the history of dairying in Ireland. Return to Kinsale where once again you can sample one of the many local restaurants for dinner. Overnight: Cork area.

Day 5: Cork
Today, why not travel east of Cork City to Cobh where you can visit the Queenstown Story at Cobh Heritage Center. This dramatic exhibition tells of the origins, history and legacy of Cobh, a unique Irish port town, which recalls the many historic events associated with the town. From 1845 to 1960 over 2.5 million adults and
children emigrated from Ireland via Cobh on coffin ships, early steamers and finally on the Great Ocean Liners. Cobh was also the last port visited by the ill-fated Titanic. Leave Cobh and travel the short distance to Shanagarry and stop at Ballymaloe Gardens which surrounds Ballymaloe Cookery School and the Garden
Café, which is run by TV chef Darina and Tim Allen. Ballymaloe includes a Herb Garden, formal Fruit Garden, a formal Vegetable Garden and Water Garden. Return to Kinsale passing through Midleton where you can visit the Old Midleton Distillery and learn about the story of Irish whiskey through an audio-visual presentation; then
follow the old distillery trail though mills, malting’s, corn stores, still houses, warehouses and kilns. After the tour of the Distillery, you will have the opportunity to sample this world famous whiskey. Overnight: Cork area.

Day 6: Waterford & Wicklow
Depart Kinsale this morning and travel eastwards along the Southern coastline. Arriving in Waterford, you will receive a warm welcome to Waterford Crystal. The Waterford experience is unique in that you are visiting a
real working, living, breathing factory. Leaving Waterford, travel along the east coast through Enniscorthy and Gorey before House & Cookery School for overnight. Ballyknocken House is a charming Victorian farmhouse operating as a 4* guesthouse. Run
by Catherine, the third generation Byrne to reside there, Catherine also runs Ballyknocken Cookery School and entertains with Brown Bread Making Demonstrations and Cookery Courses. Overnight: Wicklow area.

Day 7: Wicklow
Today (subject to availability) you may have t cookery school (not included in the price). Alternatively you can use Ballyknocken House as a base to explore Wicklow, known as the Garden of Ireland. Traveling through the scenic Wicklow Mountains, you arrive in Glendalough, in the heart of Wicklow and a well known beauty spot
of Ireland. Visit the 6th century monastic settlement with the ruins of seven churches and a round tower. Travel to Blessington, to Russborough House, one of Ireland’s finest houses which is open to the public. Built
between 1740 and 1750 in the Palladian style, the House is beautifully maintained and contains paintings from the Beit Collection, fine furniture, tapestries, carpets, porcelain and silver. Continue on to Enniskerry and visit Powerscourt House and Gardens. Here you will
be able to stroll around the 45 acre garden which includes formal gardens, sweeping terraces, statuary and ornamental lakes. You will also have an opportunity to visit the restored 18th century house. Overnight: Wicklow area.

Day 8: Dublin Departure
Travel to Dublin airport for return flight home.



B=Breakfast; D=Dinner; O=Overnight                                     abbitseyto


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